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Indigenous groups hope for infrastructure dollars and economic development in budget – The Toronto Star

March 27, 2023

OTTAWA – Funding for infrastructure and economic development are two of the main asks some prominent Indigenous organizations have put to the Liberal government in its upcoming budget.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has promised that the spending plan to be made public Tuesday will demonstrate fiscal restraint.

It is also expected to include money to advance Canada’s green energy transition and measures to keep it competitive with the United States, which is aggressively funding clean technology with its Inflation Reduction Act.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed says that despite the government’s talk of restraint, it will still be spending billions — and he hopes that includes a 35-year, $75-billion commitment for infrastructure in Inuit communities.

“There is going to be money spent in this budget, so as this government is talking about this being a very lean budget, there will still be billions of dollars,” he said in a recent interview.

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